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North Korea accuses USA of assaulting diplomats

Posted by on Jun. 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM
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People head towards departures at John F Kennedy Airport in 2016Image copyright Getty Images

Image caption The alleged incident took place at John F Kennedy Airport in New York

North Korea has accused the US authorities of "literally mugging" its diplomats at a New York airport.

A spokesman for the secretive state said its officials had been "robbed" of a diplomatic package at John F Kennedy Airport on Friday.

North Korea's state news agency KCNA said the incident proved the US was a "lawless gangster state".

The White House - which considers "solving" the North Korea crisis a priority - has yet to comment.

The North Korean diplomats were reportedly returning from a UN conference on disability rights when the incident - branded by KCNA as a "illegal and heinous act of provocation" - took place.

"The international community needs to seriously reconsider whether or not New York, where such an outrageous mugging is rampant, is fit to serve as the venue for international meetings," KCNA said.

This alleged incident marks the latest addition to a catalogue of increasingly strained tensions between the two countries.

Last week, North Korea returned US university student Otto Warmbier to his family, more than a year after he had been sentenced to 15 years' hard labour.

Mr Warmbier was in a coma, showed no understanding of language, and had extensive brain tissue loss.

Pyongyang said Mr Warmbier's coma was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill he took after his trial last year.

However, US doctors disputed this, while Mr Warmbier's father said: "Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing the coma - and we don't - there's no excuse for a civilised nation to have kept his condition secret and to have denied him top notch medical care."

North Korea had accused Mr Warmbier - who had been on a tour of the country - of stealing a propaganda sign, claims disputed by those who were with him on the trip.

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UnoDuoTres
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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This is starting to escalate.

It's pretty certain that this is a NK claim that doesn't hold much water, but the rhetoric is getting more and more serious betwen the Trump administration and the NK government.

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 2:52 PM
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And so it begins.

Quoting UnoDuoTres:

This is starting to escalate.

It's pretty certain that this is a NK claim that doesn't hold much water, but the rhetoric is getting more and more serious betwen the Trump administration and the NK government.

MissAndree
by Ronita on Jun. 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM
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The North Koreans may be brutal, but that doesn't mean they aren't cunning. They are aware that 45 will be easily provoked in to an over reaction. The citizens of NK will be the ones to suffer the most.
UnoDuoTres
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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Perhaps, but we're still talking about a regime that is capable of nuking Seoul.

Quoting MissAndree: The North Koreans may be brutal, but that doesn't mean they aren't cunning. They are aware that 45 will be easily provoked in to an over reaction. The citizens of NK will be the ones to suffer the most.


MissAndree
by Ronita on Jun. 18, 2017 at 3:45 PM
Yes, I should have said SK as well.

Quoting UnoDuoTres:

Perhaps, but we're still talking about a regime that is capable of nuking Seoul.

Quoting MissAndree: The North Koreans may be brutal, but that doesn't mean they aren't cunning. They are aware that 45 will be easily provoked in to an over reaction. The citizens of NK will be the ones to suffer the most.

Sparkles4Lui
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 3:54 PM
Maybe it's time to institute some serious sanctions.
UnoDuoTres
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 3:58 PM

I dont' think at this point there's much scope for tightening sanctions on North Korea. We have had decades of tightening sanctions to no effect. Somewhere close to 90% of NKs international trade is with China, which is not about to cut them off or allow NK to go down. NK is their buffer against US forces stationed in South Korea. The last thing that China wants is a US base on the Chinese border.

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Maybe it's time to institute some serious sanctions.


Sparkles4Lui
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 4:02 PM
Trade with China could seriously slow down.

Quoting UnoDuoTres:

I dont' think at this point there's much scope for tightening sanctions on North Korea. We have had decades of tightening sanctions to no effect. Somewhere close to 90% of NKs international trade is with China, which is not about to cut them off or allow NK to go down. NK is their buffer against US forces stationed in South Korea. The last thing that China wants is a US base on the Chinese border.

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Maybe it's time to institute some serious sanctions.

UnoDuoTres
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 4:03 PM

NKs, or Americas trade?

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Trade with China could seriously slow down.
Quoting UnoDuoTres:

I dont' think at this point there's much scope for tightening sanctions on North Korea. We have had decades of tightening sanctions to no effect. Somewhere close to 90% of NKs international trade is with China, which is not about to cut them off or allow NK to go down. NK is their buffer against US forces stationed in South Korea. The last thing that China wants is a US base on the Chinese border.

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Maybe it's time to institute some serious sanctions.



Sparkles4Lui
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2017 at 4:14 PM
We slow down our trade with China to start.

Quoting UnoDuoTres:

NKs, or Americas trade?

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Trade with China could seriously slow down.

Quoting UnoDuoTres:

I dont' think at this point there's much scope for tightening sanctions on North Korea. We have had decades of tightening sanctions to no effect. Somewhere close to 90% of NKs international trade is with China, which is not about to cut them off or allow NK to go down. NK is their buffer against US forces stationed in South Korea. The last thing that China wants is a US base on the Chinese border.

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Maybe it's time to institute some serious sanctions.

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